Roland Martin talks with Clarence Lusane about his new book The Black History of the White House.
Lusane explained that one of his motivations for writing the book revolves around conservatives and Tea Party members talking about taking back America. Lusane told Roland, “what they are really saying is take America backwards. For some of them, they want to go not only before the 1960s some want to go before the 1860s.” Lusane also said, “they [Tea Party members and Conservatives] make the argument that there was a time in this country when there was no racial conflict and everything was fine.” Lusane said each generation is obligated to repeat and remind ourselves of the real history of the country.
After President Obama was elected, there was a lot of discussion about America being a period where racism no longer existed. Lusane said that it was important to contextualize how President Obama ended up in the White House and the long unknown history of the Black presence in, around and through the White House.
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